Suspects in Ovitoto attack remanded in custody

30 Oct 2013 19:10pm
OKAHANDJA, 30 OCT (NAMPA) – Family members of a man accused of abducting and torturing a pensioner on 20 October in the Omatako Constituency, have offered to compensate the victim with money, a vehicle and to cover his medical expenses.
The victim, Willie Hamaseb, on Wednesday apparently agreed to the offer of N.dollars 50 000, a 2005 double-cab Toyota pick-up and money to cover his medical bills to withdraw the case against Markus Rogl.
Rogl, 30, and second accused Christopher Simasiku Mwananyambe, 35, appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday before Magistrate Reynard Swartz.
An angry crowd of community members from Okahandja and the Omatako Constituency were against the withdrawal of the case.
The contract signed between Hamaseb and the Rogl family was brought before court, and Prosecutor Lidwina Mundubi objected to it, saying the case is serious and cannot be withdrawn at this stage.
The magistrate agreed, and remanded the suspects in custody.
The accused were then informed of their legal rights to engage private lawyers of their own choice, apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Legal Aid, or defend themselves in court.
Both opted to engage private lawyers.
The case was then postponed to 06 November 2013 for further police investigations as well as for the accused to apply for bail.
The two were arrested in Okahandja on Tuesday morning by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) for allegedly assaulting Hamaseb at Farm Schensweder, situated more than 50 kilometres south of Okahandja in the Omatako Constituency of the Otjozondjupa Region.
The Otjozondjupa Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Tuesday that the two accused persons had allegedly abducted and tortured Hamaseb at the farm after accusing Hamaseb of hunting wild animals on the farm.
However, no carcass or game meat was found in the victim’s possession.
The two accused men are facing three charges - assault with intend to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH), kidnapping, and assault by threatening.
Police investigations into the matter continue.